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So why do children mess about so much at bedtime, even if they are completely shattered?

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Ceebee74 Sun 31-May-09 20:41:04

Was thinking this tonight as DS1 (2.11) was testing the boundaries (yet again!) at bedtime even though he had been up at 6, has run around outside most of the day and had no nap - and was clearly knackered!!

Most adults I know (and especially me grin) look forward to bedtime - particularly if they are completely knackered and actually rush to get into bed and asleep - why don't children do this???

nickytwotimes Sun 31-May-09 20:42:14

Infuriating, isn't it! grin

They don't want to miss anything I guess.

We need to stop making life such fun for them. wink

littleboyblue Sun 31-May-09 20:43:22

I'd love for someone to send me to bed at a reasonable hour grin

I will be getting my own back when they are 15, on a saturday morning with a bucket of cold water. hehehehe

nickytwotimes Sun 31-May-09 20:51:01

<adpts mumsy pose with hands on hips>

Right, littleboyblue, let's be having you. I want those teeth brushed and you in bed in 5 minutes or there's no cocoa.


PeppermintPatty Sun 31-May-09 20:54:21

Don't you remember this feeling as a child?

I do grin

Madsometimes Sun 31-May-09 21:18:27

Yes Peppermint I do remember lying in bed in the summer time with the sun blaring through chinks in the curtains and feeling really annoyed! It still winds me up now though, when the children try to draw out bedtime.

littleboyblue Mon 01-Jun-09 00:24:45

nicky grin

LackaDAISYcal Mon 01-Jun-09 00:31:27

Sympathies Ceebee. DD is doing the same at the minute, every night has become a battle. She is choked up with the cold at the minute and although she was falling asleep at the tea table on Friday, it still took two hours for us to get her to stay in bed and go to sleep. We regularly find her curled up on the floor behind the door (which worries me incase we can't get in the room!) and she is soooo tired all day that she is a grumpy little strop monster. It seems though that the more tired she is, the harder she will fight to stay awake, getting sillier and more animated by the minute, as though she can't stop or she will just collapse in a heap.

It's driving me nuts, especially with DS2's fondness for being up half the night as well hmm

PortAndLemon Mon 01-Jun-09 00:38:04

It's in the terms and conditions they have to sign up to before they are allowed to be born...

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